HE Dr Aisha Bin Bishr represents Smart Dubai at BRIDGE SF event
Smart Dubai Office participates in San Francisco's BRIDGE SF development conference
HE Dr Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai Office has represented Dubai at San Francisco's annual BRIDGE SF conference, which focuses on innovation in civic development.
The conference, which is organised by the San Francisco Mayor's Office, the University of California, Berkeley and the City Innovate Foundation, brings together nearly one thousand US and international government officials, researchers and academics, corporations, non-profit organisations and consultancies to discuss issues and ideas in areas including innovation, technology, transportation, and economic development.
BRIDGE SF took place from 3-9th September, and focused on Urban Mobility, Economic Development, and Resiliency.
"Dubai is in the midst of an ambitious, citywide transformation powered by smart technology. We value these opportunities to share our experiences with our global peers and advance the future of smart cities across the world," HE Dr Aisha Bin Bishr said.
"The BRIDGE SF conference in San Francisco was an opportunity to meet global city leaders in an open forum where we could learn from each other, share challenges and solutions, and collectively work towards a smarter future for our cities. Conferences like BRIDGE SF are necessary to ensure we are consistently helping each other to utilise the latest technology innovation to create more efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experiences for everyone," Dr Bin Bishr added.
During the event, Dr Bin Bishr presented the strategy, approach and accomplishments of the Smart Dubai initiative to a panel of international city leaders including: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff, Stavanger Mayor Christine Helgo and Cheow Hoe Chan, CIO of Singapore IDA.
Dr Bin Bishr also participated in a Mayor's Panel with the city leaders from San Francisco, Oakland, Stavanger and Singapore to further discuss smart city strategies. Dr Aisha Bin Bishr highlighted Smart Dubai's ‘benefit-first' approach, in which all smart city policies, initiatives and services are first evaluated for the positive impact each will have on the daily life of all residents and visitors to Dubai. Dr Bin Bishr also stressed the importance of an agile and collaborative approach to city transformation, supporting impactful decision making through a rich partnership network from the public and the private sector.
Joined by city leaders from Kobe, Japan; Singapore; Stravanger, Norway; Miami and San Francisco, USA, Dr Bin Bishr participated in an ‘Urban Mobility Collider' session to discuss current mobility initiatives and services being implemented in each of the cities. Representing Dubai, Dr Bin Bishr shared details on the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy launched His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, which will ensure 25% of all transport is driverless in 2030. Dr Bin Bishr also highlighted benefits from the strategy, including increase in road and pedestrian safety; reductions in travel time, and environmental benefits resulting from smart transportation projects.